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Are you ever confused by some acronyms or IBM-isms which you may come across on the web, in support calls, or discussions with colleagues? Here's a tip I stumbled upon which has helped me substantially in my day-to-day business which I am now sharing with you in the hopes you'll find it helpful as well!
This post explains the IBM V.R.M.F - Maintenance Delivery Vehicle (MDV) terminology used by Rational products. V.R.M.F is the product release numbering format that is being implemented throughout the IBM and the Rational product lines.
IBM is using a standard version format for MDV. The product numbering is based on the IBM Version, Release, Modification and Fix Level structure within the V.R.M.F format.
The following table provides some details of the individual version elements. Note: Although not all of the version elements are publicly available, they are all fully supported:
Wondering about all the document definitions as well? Check out the IBM Software Support Document Definitions page for brief, glossary style definitions of all the various document types we as IBM may produce.
And lastly, how about a link to our Site Assistance page... here you can find a number of resources to help with things like navigation, search, filtering, managing support portal modules, managing product lists, and much more!
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Ah, Friday at last! As you've come to expect, our latest interview is below; this will have to last you for two weeks though, as we will be taking a break next week for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday (during which your humble authors/editors will be out of the office and likely up to our ears in house projects, and stuffed to the gills with turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, and dressing, not to mention the pies).
But what luck luck we have! Today we are honoured to feature Danny Mace, our Director of Rational Client Support Strategy and Business Programs. As a new addition to the RCS family, Danny has been busy getting up to speed with the various teams and business challenges. Of course I doubt it will take him long at all, as he isn't exactly a newcomer to IBM as you'll discover in his interview. If you find yourself in need of more interviews next week, take some time and look back on all our prior interviews this year, because as Danny notes below, the people of RCS are indeed exceptional!
Tell us a little about yourself: who are you, what is your role in Rational Client Support?
Director of Rational Client Support Strategy and Business Programs. I have a wide range of projects from WW Client Programs, AVP, Support Planning, Support Business Intelligence, and Tools.
How long have you been working for IBM and Rational?
20 years at IBM, but only 3 with Rational.
Have you had any other roles in Rational?
Yes. I joined Rational as a 2nd line development manager in the Enterprise Modernization space. After that, I worked as a Technical Assistant to Hayden Lindsey who is the VP of EM, ADC, and EA Development in Rational.
What are you currently working on?
Getting on board in RCS
Describe a normal day for you.
My normal day is a full day meetings while worried about how to answer all the email! While this can seem boring, I love interacting with teams in person and on the phone. I would be happy to ban email and Instant messaging!
Are you a gadget person? What type of gadgets do you use?
Serious gadget person. If it plugs in, I usually want one I would have to credit my iPhone as the best gadget of all time for me. I use it throughout the day and night
What is your favorite part of working for Rational Client Support?
I'm still learning the parts of RCS, but clearly the people are joy to work with and exceptionally talented!
What are you passionate about?
My passions are driving positive change in an organization, and working with my team to make them successful. I get frustrated when my time is taken up by daily operations, and I work hard to make time for setting future directions and strategies.
In your spare time, if you have any, what hobbies or activities interest you?
My 'non-work' passion is my family. We enjoy each other through active events, occasional travel, and quiet evenings at home.
Have you worked on any projects that you feel were exceptionally exciting for you?
I've always been attracted to startup projects and teams. I love helping IBM start a new business or product and especially creating a new team from scratch.
What is on your nightstand with regard to reading?
I have Scientific American, Discover, and Mac Life on my night stand. Yes, I am a technology geek
What is your favorite technology that fizzled or failed to live up to the hype?
I was sure IBM was going to conquer the personal computer world with the Power PC and a new operating system we called Workplace/OS. 10 years ago, we had the technology to run Mac, Windows, and OS/2 all on the same platform at the same time. After a series of challenges, the Power PC platform succeeded while the Workplace/OS operating system was shelved. The combined product was never release to the world.. In the end, Microsoft and Intel had their heyday
Any new technologies that you think are about to break into the big time?
Mobile computing is in its infancy, and I think it will be a serious investment for software developers including Rational in the future. I think we are going to see more than 50% of the current desktop computer market disappear in favor of a mobile computing platform (like the iPhone).
How do you grow your technical skills?
As an executive, my technical skills have drastically faded since leaving the technical ranks. I learn best in a hands on environment, but my current role doesn't allow me the time for hands on activities. As a substitute, I get my technical knowledge by talking and learning from experts during meetings and 1-1's. I just have to ask a lot of questions!
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Use the IBM Rational ClearQuest Full-Text Search Administrator tool in ClearQuest version 7.1.1 and later to set up, configure, and administer the full-text search feature. From the Download Description:
This tool replaces existing full-text search tools such as cqtssetup.pl and cqtsdbcrawler.pl, which are included in ClearQuest 7.1.x. The tool hides the complexity and low-level details of setting up, configuring, and administering full-text search. Use the Rational ClearQuest Full-Text Search Administrator tool to run a set of command-line options from the server where the full-text search feature is installed.
Sounds great, right? Well go on, you can get it here: http
image credit: (cc) flickr user QuinnDombrowski
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Lots of fun last night at the Watson Viewing Party in the IBM MassLab in Littleton, Massachusetts. The cafeteria (and the overflow All-Hands Room) were standing-room-only, filled with IBMers - past and present - and their families.
All I can say is ... "wow!"
And maybe: "What is up with Watson's betting strategy?"
I've posted a couple of pictures here, and more on the IBM Rational Support Facebook page.
If you missed all the fun, visit http
And here's a fun fact I learned about Watson last night.... In its early days, Watson once speculated that the diet of butterflies was "kosher".